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Dear SDSU Community,

Today, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirmed additional COVID-19 cases within the on- and off-campus student population at San Diego State University.

With this message, we are providing a case update, testing information and details about support services available to students and employees.

COVID-19 Update

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The total of confirmed cases across San Diego County is 440, with four (4) additional probable cases. About 75 percent continue to be related to students living in off-campus housing outside of SDSU’s jurisdiction, as of Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

This does not constitute a single, university affiliated outbreak, but several groupings of COVID-19 cases. Also, among all of the cases known to SDSU, no cases have been reported since Aug. 24 among graduate students, faculty or on-campus staff. For these reasons, we are asking students to do more — especially those in off-campus housing.

Our Stay at Home order and COVID-19 Advisory were enacted after we directly consulted with county public health officials, who share our concerns with the case rate among students. We ask this population, in particular, be even more careful as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Staying at home, wearing facial covering, washing hands frequently — these are behavioral imperatives right now, and always.

As we have shared earlier, the overwhelmingly large majority of students, faculty and staff are following the established guidelines, and for this we are extremely grateful. While the case numbers are increasing as anticipated, this is, unfortunately, due to a small portion of our overall population not engaged in behaviors that help to ensure individual and community health. This is where both the Stay-at-Home and COVID-19 advisories have been critical, as well as robust identification of violations through the student conduct process. Both strategies have helped to close the gap in non-compliance with public health guidance. 

Testing Encouraged

As we have shared several times before, we are projecting that COVID-19 cases will continue to increase in the coming days as both HHSA and SDSU further expand and encourage testing. Our COVID-19 case numbers will also increase given the delayed onset of symptoms resulting from exposures that occurred off-campus prior to the COVID-19 Advisories.

It is critical for students and employees to get tested if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive or was ill. As students continue to rely on testing at Student Health Services, the county is offering cost-free, no-appointment COVID-19 testing at SDSU's Parking Lot 17 B, and is available daily through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site is open to students and employees. Additional San Diego County and Imperial Valley County test site information, along with locations, is available online.

To clarify, those respecting the Stay at Home order (students living on campus) and the COVID-19 Advisory (those those living in neighborhoods surrounding campus) can continue to leave their residences for essential needs, such as medical care and COVID-19 testing, and to access meals, shop for necessities, such as food and supplies, to exercise outdoors with a facial covering, and to travel for work.

Also, SDSU Library continues to offer Domeside Pickup hours — deemed a critical service in support of academic and research needs — needs for students, faculty and staff. Pickup is available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and also noon to 2 p.m. Interlibrary Loan, Remote Labs, Outdoor Study Areas, and also virtual support for research, instruction, and computing remain available. The SDSU Imperial Valley Library also continues to offer virtual support.

For those in isolation and in quarantine, it is an imperative that you continue to follow direction provided by health providers. Professionals have been assigned to support each individual student in isolation and quarantine, and are making daily calls and also texting students to ensure that they are recovering well and have support as they need it.

Also, those who have been tested or were ill and have become well must continue general prevention for their own wellbeing and the safety of others.

In Closing

We also encourage everyone to rely on reliable sources of information, and that sharing misinformation about testing, isolation and other public health protocols is not productive. The university expects all students to adhere to both individual and organizational policies, and every member of the community to engage in general prevention and adhere to public health orders. Additional information is online:

We remind all members of our community that support services and other assistance remains available to you, including Counseling & Psychological Services for students, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a variety of concerns. Our mental health during this time is as important as our physical health. Please care for yourselves, and know that these resources are ready and available for you to use.

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director

 
 
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